Offshore wind enters the Med
German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion has signed a major contract with Italian company Renexia for the building and installation of the first Italian offshore wind farm writes Dag Pike.
This prototype wind farm is being installed in the shallow waters of the outer harbour at the major port of Taranto. The water depths will range from 3 to 18 metres which should simplify the installation although shallow draft installation vessels will be required. At present the foundations and monopiles are under construction at a site in the port of Taranto with installation scheduled to start later this year.
The wind farm will feature ten 3MW turbines which will be supplied by German manufacturer Senvion. These turbines will be a modified version of the company’s standard 3MW turbines developed for land installations with the turbines being branded as ‘M122 type’. The turbines will be installed on monopile foundations. Senvion say that they have developed a customised installation procedure suitable for this nearshore wind farm.
It is planned that the full installation and the commissioning will take place by 2020 and Senvion will also provide full maintenance services for a period of five years with an extension option of up to 25 years.
Riccardo Toto, the Managing Director of Renexia, said: “We are glad to work with Senvion for the first offshore wind farm on the Mediterranean Sea. This project is part of a wider strategy in the wind power industry that Renexia is pursuing in the U.S. through two important projects and also worldwide with many other projects. We are eager to boost the production of clean and sustainable energy in a new market and the cooperation with Senvion is a reward to our skills and capabilities.”
David Hardy, Executive Director & CSO of Senvion, said: “The offshore wind market is diversifying in terms of regions, wind regimes and solutions. This requires from vendors innovative approaches and technologies. For this project, Senvion has been able to leverage its experience, and develop for Renexia an offshore version of its 3.0M122 wind turbine. This modular approach is promising for many offshore markets around the globe.”
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